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Real Madrid eye Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski if Erling Haaland bid fails

Real Madrid eye Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski if Erling Haaland bid fails

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The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming.

TOP STORY: Madrid eye Lewandowski if no Haaland

Real Madrid will pursue Bayern Munich‘s Robert Lewandowski if the club falls short in their pursuit of Erling Haaland next summer, according to AS.

The Poland international star is the latest player to be added to the shortlist at the Santiago Bernabeu as the club continues to plot an injection of investment to improve the squad’s starting XI.

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It has been reported that the club will prioritise moves for Paris Saint-Germain‘s Kylian Mbappe and Haaland, but with the Borussia Dortmund frontman set to be at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war, Los Blancos see the Bayern sharpshooter Lewandowski as an ideal alternative.

The 33-year-old Ballon d’Or contender is still firing on all cylinders for the German club, breaking Gerd Muller’s 49-year record by scoring 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season.

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11.36 BST: The 2022 summer transfer window is almost a year away, but already Europe’s top clubs are jostling for position to sign Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

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Craig Burley and Kay Murray weigh-up which clubs are likely to target Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland next summer.

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10.42 BST: Chelsea are set to revive their interest in Jules Kounde during the January transfer window if Sevilla lower the desired transfer fee back to around €50m where the two clubs almost found an agreement this summer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

Sources told ESPN that Kounde is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge and the 22-year-old is believed to have agreed the framework of a four or five-year contract.

Chelsea remain interested in pursuing an agreement but continue to be reluctant to pay Kounde’s €80m buyout clause. They will, however, return in January if there are signs Sevilla are willing to revive negotiations at the reduced figure.

09.49 BST: AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has turned down the offer of a new contract from AC Milan, according to Tuttosport.

Footmercato reported earlier this week that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a move to sign the Ivory Coast international as a free agent next summer. The Parisians made great use of the free agent market, bringing in Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma without paying any transfer fees. And it seems as though they will be looking to use the same tactic next year, with Kessie’s contract coming to an end in 2022.

Footmercato states that PSG have already started work on a deal for Kessie by offering a yearly salary of €9m — €2.5m more than Milan’s latest proposal, which Tuttosport reports the 24-year-old has rejected.

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08.52 BST: Real Madrid are one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho, the Daily Mail reports.

Carvalho, 19, is enjoying a fine start to the season in the Championship, scoring three goals in five matches so far this term.

The Mail reports that the England youth international is on the radar of several top Premier League clubs as well as Spanish giants Madrid.

Carvalho’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Fulham are keen to give him a new long-term deal.

08.00 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have hit back strongly at LaLiga chief Javier Tebas after he mocked the age of their players and the spending of the French club, saying he should deal with the debt and “mismanagement” in LaLiga.

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Tebas, a long-standing critic of Qatar-backed PSG’s spending, told a news conference that the French club’s spending was dangerous for football after they signed 35-year-old Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid and 34-year-old Lionel Messi from Barcelona during the recent transfer window.

“PSG looks like the league of legends given the age of some players. LaLiga has young players like Vinicius Junior. The problem of PSG, we will solve it. What PSG are doing is as dangerous as the Super League,” Tebas said. “We will continue to grow despite the departure of Messi. We will work against the club states. These clubs are as much enemies as the Super League.”

A letter from PSG general secretary Victoriano Melero, seen by Reuters, said Tebas was engaged in “diversion” from Spanish football’s own problems and that he should also deal with rebel clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona who remain committed to a breakaway European Super League project. Tebas, who also taken aim at Abu Dhabi-backed Premier League club Manchester City’s spending, has frequently questioned how PSG, who are owned by Qatari Sports Investments, are able to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

“Time after time, you allow yourself to publicly attack the French League, our club, our players — together with players of other clubs — and the fans of French football; while constantly posting insulting and defamatory statements insinuating that we do not conform to the football financial regulations, amongst other unsubstantiated statements,” Melero wrote in a letter on Wednesday.

PAPER GOSSIP

– Former Liverpool defender Steven Caulker is set to join Gaziantep from fellow Turkish club Fenerbahce, writes NTV Spor. The centre-back will join on a loan deal after failing to nail down a place in the first team since joining the Yellow Canaries from Alanyaspor. The 29-year-old enjoyed some of his career’s best form in the Turkish Super Lig last season, helping his side to a top-seven finish after spending some time at the top of the table.

– Manchester City are keen on AC Milan‘s Theo Hernandez, according to Manchester Evening News. Pep Guardiola currently has one first-team left-back at his disposal in Oleksandr Zinchenko, with Benjamin Mendy‘s legal proceedings still ongoing. The 23-year-old Hernandez enjoyed an impressive campaign last season, registering seven goals and five assists across 33 games in Serie A.

Arsenal could look to recall Miguel Azeez from his loan move at Portsmouth to help with squad depth when the African Cup of Nations takes place, according to Football.London. The tournament is set to take place in January which will force a number of the stars from the Premier League away on international duty. It is reported that a clause was inserted into the deal to allow the highly-rated 18-year-old to return to the Emirates if required by Mikel Arteta.

Ousmane Dembele is attracting interest from Juventus as the club continue to rebuild after Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move to Manchester United. Calciomercato writes that the Old Lady are keen to add a forward in January, and see the France international as a strong fit. Despite reports that the 24-year-old would sign a new deal with Barcelona, the Blaugrana are yet to finalise a deal that would see Dembele remain at Camp Nou beyond next summer.

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